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Samuel Beckett Bridge Fact Sheet

  • Dublin City Council commissioned the Samuel Beckett Bridge
  • The world-famous Spanish architect and engineer Dr. Santiago Calatrava designed the bridge
  • A Graham Hollandia JV joint venture constructed the bridge superstructure in Rotterdam
  • Graham Construction constructed the William Dargan Luas Bridge in Dundrum. Hollandia have worked on a number of high-profile projects including the London Eye
  • The bridge will be delivered to Dublin on a 90m by 26m barge. The 628-mile journey took approx five days
  • The project cost €59.95 million. Funding came from Department of the Environment Heritage and Local Government, Dublin City Council and Dublin Docklands Development Authority
  • The bridge will link Guild Street on the northside with Sir John Rogerson’s Quay on the southside
  • The bridge is 120 metres  long  with the curved pylon 48 metres above water level.
  • It will have four traffic lanes (two running north and two running south), cyclepaths and footpaths
  • It will result in a reduction in traffic on O’Connell Street and ease traffic disruption caused by the projected Metro roadworks
  • The bridge will weigh 5,700 tonnes when complete
  • The bridge is cable-stayed
  • It will rest on a reinforced concrete support pier which has been constructed in the River Liffey and on abutments  behind the existing  quay walls
  • The bridge will be capable of rotating through an angle of 90 degrees when complete. This will facilitate maritime traffic